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  • Community ready to kick off Christmas

    “Christmas: A Time for Memories” is the theme for this year’s Owen County Christmas Parade, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Owen County Extension Office support member, Stephanie Howard, said this year’s theme was chosen by Diana Dawson.

    “Each year, we have a contest that’s sponsored by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce for the theme,” Howard said. “People submit their theme idea and we choose from them. The winner of this year’s theme has since received a $50 check from the chamber.”

  • KRCC announces plans for high-speed Internet service

    Kentucky Ridge Country Communications will begin installing high-speed Internet throughout Owenton.

    Ron Rymer, general manager of KRCC, said the company began work on providing this service before the ice storm in January.

    “We’ve been working on this for a good number of months to get it to this point,” Rymer said. “When we launch the service, it will be ongoing.”

    Rymer said eventually Owenton citizens will see the same speed of Internet as major cities like Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.

  • Owen County Christmas Parade Schedule

    Owen County Christmas Parade

    “Christmas: A Time for Memories”

    Dec. 6, 2009

    • Open house at participating merchants, 1-5 p.m.

    • Local crafters sell their products at Odd Fellows Lodge

    • Lining up of floats at Southern States’ parking lot, 2 p.m.

    • Judging of floats, 2:15 p.m.

    • Other groups in parade start lining up at Southern States, 2:30 p.m.

    • Leave Southern States, 3 p.m.

    • Singing at the courthouse square, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

  • A day of thanksgiving

    Thursday will be filled with food, family, friends and parades. Families will gather around roasted turkeys to give thanks.

    Despite the economic crisis the country is currently facing, many say Thanksgiving sales are up slightly or have not changed from last year.

    Rod Foresee, owner of Meadowview said Monday he can’t be sure of this year’s sales until after Thanksgiving.

  • New center will impact courthouse finances

    While plans continue to move forward on the new Owen County Judicial Center, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith has some financial concerns connected to the existing courthouse.

    Groundbreaking on the new judicial center is expected to take place in early March of 2010. The new building will take 18 months to two years to complete.

    The judicial center will be built on five acres on South Main Street across from the fire station.

    Keith said many people do not realize that the center is strictly for courts only.

  • Crash takes life of Owen man

    An Owen County man is dead following a crash Nov. 18.

    Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Seth Willis said in a release that at approximately 3:15 p.m. Nov. 18 troopers responded to a report of a  two-vehicle collision at Kentucky 330 and Wild Deer Road in Owen County.

     A Toyota passenger car, driven by Matthew R. Fernandez, 21, of Owenton, was traveling east on Ky. 330, when the operator apparently lost control of the vehicle and traveled into the westbound lane.

  • Common cause unites Kentuckians

    About 35 concerned citizens from Owen County and surrounding areas gathered at the home of John Harrod Saturday for a program presented by members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFC) followed by some old-time fiddle music.

    KFC is a 27-year-old grass roots organization that promotes power of the people, working together, challenging injustices and improving the qualify of life for Kentuckians.

    Rachel Harrod, John Harrod’s daughter and a member of KFC, said the organization works on a number of different campaigns.

  • Veterans honored at Owen County High School
  • A trail through history

    As a result of the Owen County 20/20 Vision project and the Owen County Leadership program, Joy Bourne Morgan and three other Owen countians have banded together to preserve different aspects of farm life for generations to come.

    Morgan, along with Harold Malcomb, Freida Smith and Elizabeth Prewitt began The Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trails by interviewing farmers throughout the county to get accurate details on farming in Owen County.

  • Middle school recycles recycling equipment

    Maurice Bowling Middle School kicked off its recycling program Friday with the help of two county officials.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith and Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot joined forces with MBMS science teacher Melissa Cammack to bring recycling bins and recycled notebooks to students.

    Keith said the bins and notebooks were paid through a recycling grant that also allows the county to utilize a baler purchased two decades ago.